Life has been full of unpacking, washing, sorting, organizing, sweating, making meals PNG style, fixing things, smiles and laughs from Jonathan and Naomi, washing dishes PNG style, more sweating, and joys of finding treasures in our belongings that we forgot we owned. And of course Jacob working full time around the center fixing and building things. Also, we enjoyed being here for the Annual Sepik Conference mid-March! So fun to see everyone and be encouraged in the Lord!
Jonathan has jumped back into his PNG life of playing and sweating and loving it! Beth has to make sure he stops to rest, cool off and drink water! He loves to ride his new scooter around with all the other kids! And now he is learning how to ride a bike without training wheels. He remembers many things about PNG and now asks many questions comparing PNG with North America. It is fun to see him grow and learn. And so fun to see him interact with Naomi as they laugh together!
Naomi loves people and loves to smile and laugh with people… unfortunately that means she doesn’t like to be in her bed napping! Beth finds herself praying many many times throughout the day as she struggles to teach Naomi to take naps in her bed. It is hard to listen to your five month old baby cry… yet knowing that she needs to learn how to sleep… with all the traveling that we did Naomi became very used to falling asleep in the car seat or in the baby wrap, on mom. But now is the time to learn to sleep in her own crib, as she is getting bigger and will definitely sleep better in her bed! Beth is thankful for wisdom that God has given.. putting Naomi down to sleep before she acts tired and yawns seems to be the way Naomi likes to nap… (pray she can get in the habit of finding that window of napping opportunity!) so we are still learning but encouraged that Naomi is taking naps in her crib! Please pray that she will take more naps and cry less! 🙂
Jacob is busy every day with so many different random things. Please pray for him as he is sometimes overwhelmed, not knowing what should be done first. But he enjoys working each day and being back into the swing of things. His work ranges from fixing the water problems, to registering all of NTM’s vehicles with a little gate welding, lock fixing, washing machine fixing, part ordering, tool organizing, four wheeler fixing mixed in. As well as making trips to the airport to help load supplies for house building for two new families going into a tribal location to start planting a church.
-Safe arrival in the Sepik! Great flights and encouraging visits with friends and family along the way!
-Busy settling in to life here, good to be back in our PNG home!
-Encouraging Sepik Conference!
-Many blessings God has given us over the last year to enable us to be here!
-Naomi, at 5 months, is healthy and growing like a weed.. and she is starting to learn how to take longer naps!
-A God who sent His Son to die for our sins and rose him up so that we could have daily life abundantly and REST in Him!
-God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!
-Mueller and Rimestad families are building their houses in a tribal location and will soon start learning their language and culture in order to teach God’s Word and establish a church!
-Adjusting to life back in PNG with our family of four.
-Doctor’s concern for Naomi of NCM (melanin deposits on the brain or nervous system due to corresponding birthmarks)
-Appointment for an MRI in Brisbane, Australia – still waiting for an appointment due to insurance issues
-Naomi settles into a good nap schedule soon!
-Wisdom as we figure out a good option for internet especially for Facebook and updating our blog.
-Ability to choose gratitude instead of our default of ingratitude in the circumstances of our daily lives.
-Provision of the rest of the finances needed to pay for our tickets to PNG
-Rest in God as we enjoy being parents of two children!
-God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.
-More laborers to minister to the Bena people.